Something happened about six months ago, maybe even longer, time seems to slip away.
I found myself lying in bed unable to sleep. The thoughts wouldn’t stop coming. Maybe thoughts is a gentle word because they were lies. They hissed louder this particular night. Seemed to stare me straight in the eyes: “Just look at you—what do you think you’re doing? You’ll never amount to much. You’re not good enough. There is a sea of writers and speakers way better than you. The wounds you thought stopped weeping are going to hold you back and your God can’t save you this time.”
I am here, my daughter.
The Lord had been calling me to share my writing in a new way. Calling me to trust Him in unchartered waters. Instead of being excited about this new adventure, I was anxious. I felt restless. Yet, I couldn’t shake the longing for something more. Knowing He had called me to something beautiful. I began to cry, feeling like Moses at the burning bush.
Maybe you have been there or maybe your there now. Restless, sleepless nights, knowing God is calling you to more. But as you lay there, you can’t stop the lies convincing you there must be someone else more qualified for this calling. Someone more anointed. Someone with better talents. Someone, anyone, but you…
Moses, a hero of faith, questioned his purpose. “But Moses asked God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and that I should bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” Exodus 3:11 NIV.
Who am I?
How do we move forward if we can’t turn off the lies? Because if we allow the enemy he could steal our purpose, the very thing God called us to do. If we let Satan have the access, he will imprison us, making us feel like there is no way out. Gasping for air. Longing for more. Knowing God is able. Yet doubting our very existence.
As I lay there, reciting the story of Moses, I found in the pit of darkness the key to silencing the enemy’s voice in our heads: make His name known.
In response to Moses questioning, God replied, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you…Yahweh, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is my name forever; this is how I am to be remembered in every generation” Exodus 3:14-15 NIV.
This is the weapon we use when the enemy doesn’t stop hissing lies.
We can make His name known. I found the enemy does not stand a chance against the name of God. Right there in the darkness, I chose to believe in God’s name, Yahweh. I elected to accept the calling on my life was from Him, and the enemy could not steal it.
This calling was from God. He is the author and finisher of our dreams. The same God that spoke to Moses. “Yahweh, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, has appeared to me…” Exodus 3:16 NIV.
There is power in His name.
When you feel wounded from the lies of the enemy and can’t seem to find your way, remember His name has power. Speak it. Shout it out loud. The enemy doesn’t stand a chance.
I AM WHO I AM goes before me. He lives alive in me. He is here. His name is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
“Your name, even your memory, is the desire of our souls. At night my soul longs for you. Indeed, my soul within me seeks you diligently” Isaiah 26:8-9.
This is the thing: Satan has no power over you. Jesus defeated him on the cross. Finished him. When you’re in Christ, he has no access unless given one. When the lies start coming, we have to make Yahweh’s name known. Without the lies, there are no bounds to our abilities, no limits to what God can do. We must remind Satan of who we are in Him. Speak God’s name. Remind yourself of who you are in Him. Nothing. I mean nothing can separate us from the love of God. Shout His name…if need be. When God calls you, he will equip you. Our dreams our mapped out by God and they are for him. We only need to surrender to the process as He walks with us and before us.
Moses begged God to send someone else, but God promised, “I will teach you what to say.” Exodus 4:12.
Be encouraged. The great I Am is at work. His presence is leading the way. Just speak His name. Today, let’s use God’s name to combat the lies of the enemy and to step into the promises of God.
What Scriptures speak truth to you? Write them down. Use them against the enemy’s lies.